Special Collections and Archives

Scott E. Swan -- Tape 1:A:2

Recorded by Ruth E. O'Hager, April 30, 1990

Transcribed by Lisa Whalen and Kathleen S. Medicus


Interviewer: My name is Ruth and the person that is about to speak is named Scott, on some memories of May 4th.

Yeah, I can remember the May 4th event, and the one thing that sticks out in my mind is the tanks on my playground, and the soldiers sleeping in the gymnasium. And the one thing in particular about the tanks were that they bumped into our jungle gym, and made it crooked. That's the one thing that sticks out in my mind, other than the fact that, the more and more I read about the -- the more and more disgusted I get. The fact that students were actually killed. And hopefully it will be a lesson to the future, that that sort of violence is unneccesary and unneeded.

Interviewer: How old are you Scott?

Twenty six. I was seven years old. I lived on Willow Street, which is right up the street. I remember the helicopters at night, and my dad driving me downtown to the businesses, and seeing all the windows smashed out in all the buildings. So, although I really didn't know much about what was going on... [tape interrupts]